The Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/19

Joe Mather continues his torrid pace toward the big leagues as he led Memphis to victory and back to the .500 mark. In the Quad Cities, Tommy Pham is still enjoying the Midwest cooking as he drove in all three runs in a River Bandits victory. Allen Craig is as hot as Springfield is not.

Games Played Sunday

Memphis (Triple-A) shut out Oklahoma, 1-0

"In the Zone" is where Joe Mather is living at this time. The 25-year-old hit a missile over the Redbirds bullpen in the eighth inning to provide the game winner. It was his eighth home run of the year and second game-winning long ball in this series. Starting the day in centerfield, Joey Bombs has hit a home run in five consecutive starts. On this day, Mather went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch, and stole a base.

Nick Stavinoha singled twice to push his average to .375. Brian Barden singled and stole a base. Bryan Anderson went hitless but did throw out a would-be base stealer.

Though he did it in pink, Mitchell Boggs pitched his best game of the season with seven shutout innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 10. He left the game scoreless so he did not factor in the decision. Hugo Castellanos avoided a meltdown as he got out of the eighth unscathed after loading the bases by giving up a hit and two walks. Jason Motte recorded his first save by striking out the side in the ninth.

The Redbirds wore pink jerseys that will be auctioned on ebay for the Komen Foundation and the Memphis Redbirds Foundation.


RECORD: 22-22, 1st place, 1.0 games ahead

Springfield (Double-A) falls to Tulsa, 9-5

Down 9-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Springfield rallied to score four with two outs but fell short. It was the Cardinals' tenth loss in a row.

Along with Mather in the zone is Allen Craig. The 2006 draft pick got Springfield on the board in the fifth with his tenth home run of the season. Craig has now homered in four straight games. Craig would single twice and drive in two more runs as the game progressed.

Tyler Greene singled, scored a run, and drove in two. Casey Rowlett reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Jon Jay doubled and scored a run.

Jess Todd was impressive early, cruising through four scoreless innings. The 2007 second-round pick allowed one run in the fifth and sixth. In the seventh, Todd gave up two hits to start the inning and was lifted with runners on second and third. He finished the day allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits including a home run, with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

Marco Gonzalez yielded three runs, none earned, in two-thirds of an inning. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect frame while striking out a batter. Bob Zimmermann was knocked around for two runs on three hits in his only inning of work.


RECORD: 17-26, 3rd place, 6.0 games back

Palm Beach (High-A) whitewashed by Lakeland, 4-0

The Cardinals forgot to bring their offense on Sunday as they had only two hits as a team. Jim Rapoport and Daniel Descalso each singled. Nick Derba returned to the lineup after a stint on the disabled list. The defensive-minded catcher allowed a passed ball but threw out two runners trying to steal.

In four innings, Brandon Dickson allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five. Brandon Garner pitched three shutout innings, allowing only one hit. Josh Dew pitched a scoreless frame to lower his Palm Beach ERA to 0.66.


RECORD: 26-17, 1st place, 4.0 games ahead

Quad Cities (A) buzzes Burlington, 3-1

Tommy Pham got things going in the fifth with a two run double. Pham was not done as he went deep for the fifth time in seven games for the River Bandits. The Las Vegas native was the only Quad Cities player with multiple hits. Charlie Kingrey singled and drew a walk. Luis De La Cruz and Jose Garcia both singled and scored a run.

Eduardo Sanchez allowed only two hits in five shutout innings for the River Bandits. Sanchez recorded eight groundball outs compared to four fly outs while striking out two. Thomas Eager was up next and was very good as well, with three shutout innings and striking out two. Cardoza Tucker picked up his fourth save but did allow a run on two hits while striking out two.


RECORD: 22-18, 3rd place, 7.5 games back

VSL Cardinals were off Sunday

RECORD: 2-3, 6th place, 3.0 games back

Batavia Muckdogs (Short-Season A)

Season begins June 18th on the road against the Auburn Doubledays

2007 RECORD: 31-43, 12th Place, 16.0 GB

Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie)

Season begins on June 17th on the road against the Bristol Sox

2007 RECORD: 28-40, 3rd Place, 22.0 GB

Gulf Coast League Cardinals (Rookie)

Season begins on June 19th on the road against the GCL Marlins

2007 RECORD: 24-30, 3rd Place, 15.5 GB

Dominican Summer League Cardinals (Rookie)

Season begins in June

2007 RECORD: 30-35, 4th Place, 16.5 GB

Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Mitchell Boggs

Though he did not factor in the decision, Boggs made it be known loudly and clearly that Jaime Garcia is not the only pitcher to take notice of on the Redbirds. The 2005 draft pick gave up only two hits in seven shutout innings while striking out 10 Redhawks on the day. Boggs is now 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA.

Minor League Player of the Day: Tommy Pham

The 20-year-old provided all the offense in the Quad Cities' victory on Sunday. With a home run and three RBIs, Pham now has five long balls and 10 runs batted in during his first seven games with the River Bandits.

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